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Daily Bread

October 16th, 2015

“I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me will never go hungry.” John 6:35 NIV.

External things never satisfy eternal cravings.

My thoughts and comments today are about “daily bread.”

Hunger is a powerful motivation, impossible to ignore completely. God crafted your body to recognize its need for replenishing, whether for nutrition, exercise, or rest. The body responds to its lack by sending a signal and demanding a response. When the body’s need is not replenished, the body redirects the diminishing supply of nutritional resources to its vital organs. To adequately supply the heart, lungs, and brain, the body grows weaker waiting for nourishment, as the process of starving begins.

The human spirit is similar, requiring nourishment and replenishing. Make no mistake; there is a hunger of the soul. People ignore the hunger of the inner man or misinterpret their inner longings, trying in vain to fill a growing emptiness with things that never satisfy – money, possessions, busyness, thrills, amusements, sex, drugs, alcohol – always to excess yet never enough. External things never satisfy eternal cravings.

Too many fail to recognize the origin of the soul’s hunger. Jesus spoke plainly and confidently, “I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 NIV. Listen to your heart; feed your soul; nourish your spirit; discover full satisfaction. Satisfaction is found only in Christ.

The Bread of Life desires that you know He alone will satisfy your supreme longings. His provision is abounding. Jesus is life exalting and eternal life assuring. It’s simple really; you have to come to Him. Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us today our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11 NIV. Jesus declared Himself to be that daily bread. “I am the living bread which came down from Heaven; if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever.” John 6:51 NIV.

Job got it right, “I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” Job 23:12 KJV. Let’s be practical. You receive this life-giving, daily bread through the discipline of spiritual practices: worship (John 4:23-24), prayer and praise (Ephesians 6:18), personal Bible study (Psalm 119:11), meditation of Scripture (Psalm 1:1-3), and meaningful fellowship with others who seek the same Source and satisfaction. (Acts 2:42/46 NIV). Spiritual disciplines provide satisfaction that is much more full and lasting than any and everything else with which you might attempt to appease the spiritual hunger within. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness . . they shall be completely satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 NIV/AMP. In Jesus, your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Today, I pray for you to have an appetite for things that satisfy.

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Sufficiency

October 7th, 2013

“As your days, so shall your strength be.”  Deuteronomy 33:25 NKJV.

God’s sufficiency is proportional to your daily necessity.

My thoughts and comments today are about “sufficiency.”

Some days can feel overwhelming, too tough and too long. Problems can seem unrelenting, clouding perspective and challenging perseverance. Burdens are exhausting and worry is fatiguing. There are times when you are unsure if any strength remains. In 2000, when my Mom was in hospice care for seven weeks, I felt absolutely drained. My heart was heavy; my soul was weary. There was a tiredness I had not known before. Day by day, I felt more and more emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually depleted.

Then into my growing darkness, God spoke. No, it was not audible; at that moment, I was too fragile for that. Into my weariness, God spoke this life-giving truth, “As your days, so shall your strength be.” Deuteronomy 33:25 NKJV. In those seven weeks, I was strengthened and sustained daily by God’s words to me. Later, I found those words in Moses’ final blessings to the tribes of Israel, just before his death. In blessing Asher, Moses said, “As your days, so shall your strength be . . the eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:25/27 NKJV. Reliable commentary on this verse explains God’s promise as two-fold.

(1) In God, your strength is sufficient for the extent of your days. David’s personal testimony is this: “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” Psalm 37:25 NIV. Whatever the length of your years, God’s strength and supply neither diminishes nor is exhaustible, and is provided life-long.

(2) In God, your strength will be appropriate to the content of your day. God’s strength and sufficiency is proportioned in its graces and comforts to your daily necessity. “For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” 2 Corinthians 1:5 NIV/1:8-10 NKJV.Whatever your trials or difficulties, God always gives ample grace to support you in them and bring you through them.

Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread . .” Matthew 6:11 NKJV. Bread is representative of the all basic requirements of daily life – all that provides, nourishes, enriches, and sustains life and well-being each and every day. Supernaturally,God provided manna to Israel with instructions. Read Exodus 16:16-23 NIV. Daily, God provided enough. Notice particularly, “. . Everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered little had enough. Each family had just what it needed.” Vs. 18 NLT.

God’s supply is always sufficient. The lesson to be drawn is that God’s provision is always ample, yet your efforts without His blessing and provision will lack. See 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NKJV. “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work . . that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV/Ephesians 3:19-20 NIV.

My prayer for you today is that you find God’s grace, love, and power sufficient.

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